Melissa Leonetti, 43, of Fort Mill was killed Friday night when her car went off the road on I-77 and hit a tree, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Leonetti died at the scene, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.
The wreck happened about 11:30 p.m. near the exit ramp of the weigh station in the northbound lanes at mile marker 89 when Leonetti’s car traveled up an embankment and hit a tree. Leonetti, who was driving north, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, according to the SCHP.
Leonetti was married to Thomas Leonetti and had two children, Anna Marie, 11, and Ashley Grace, who turned 1 recently.
She grew up in Cary, N.C., and graduated from East Carolina University in 1994 before receiving a Master’s degree in Sociology from University of West Virginia in 1996. She worked as a social worker in Charlotte after college and most recently worked in the York County school system, according to an obituary sent to the Fort Mill Times by her family.
The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. Thursday in Forest Lawn Funeral Home with a graveside service following at 2 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hendersonville, N.C.
“Becoming a mother was a gift from God to Melissa and was her greatest joy. Her love for them will be carried in their hearts throughout their lives,” the obituary said.